News For 26th-Sep (Monday)

1. Egypt has shown interest in purchasing India's HAL Tejas fighter jet. It is planning to procure 70 Tejas aircrafts to replace its aging F-7 fleet that is currently in reserve.
2. The defence ministry recently signed a ?1,700-crore contract with BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd for buying additional dual-role capable missiles for the navy, a move that will boost Aatmanirbharta (self-reliance) in defence production.
3. The Indian Air Force is now planning to pursue its ‘Project Cheetah’ under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. Under this project, Indian defense manufacturers will equip Israeli Heron drones with indigenous strike capabilities.
4. The Buddha International Circuit in Greater Noida will host the Grand Prix of Bharat for 7 years from 2023 onwards.
5. India has offered its submarine to Philippines as Philippines is looking to induct two diesel electric submarines. Apart from India, South Korea, Turkey & France have also shown interest in participating in the bidding.
6. For the first time ever in the Indian private sector, a Hyderabad based company - *Paninian*, has successfully demonstrated the design and validation of a 4.5 KN Turbojet Engine, that can power cruise missiles & larger UAVs, which could end India's reliance on foreign companies.
7. L&T is set to display a new 8X8 wheeled armored fighting vehicle, at the upcoming 12th edition of DefExpo 2022, to be held from October 18 to 22, 2022 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
8. By the next Independence Day, India will launch its first hydrogen-powered train, that will be designed, developed, and manufactured in the country.
9. The IAF is getting ready to retire one of its four remaining MiG-21 squadrons - Sword Arms, by the end of September 2022.
10. IAF, which operates a large Su-30MKI fleet, has plans to upgrade these jets with Indian made weapons, so that they remain relevant till 2045, after which they will be replaced by next gen (6th Gen) fighter jets.
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